Silver City, Lode of Lead
Jamie Hladky
Suburban homes in Broken Hill, New South Wales during rare desert rains.

The megatonnes of lead-zinc-silver under this place founded billion dollar corporations and funded modern Australia.

This established an enduring national overreliance on extractive industries. The town itself was prosperous to the 1970s, but declined as consolidation and mechanisation moved local labour out of the mines.

Jamie Hladky,
originally from Manchester, UK. He has lived and worked in southeast Asia and Australia. He often make long journeys but prefer to experience travel at a human pace. Once, he rode the international rail network for over 20,000 km from Singapore to Manchester, to make the journey without flying, and to see what was in between those two sometime homes. He is now firmly based in Canberra, Australia. Jamie spends his free time on long drives, trying to see as much of this huge strange country as possible.